Uncoupling of entries gets final approval

Panel also wants details on shock wave therapy

August 23, 2002|By Kent Baker | Kent Baker,SUN STAFF

The Maryland Racing Commission has given final approval to the uncoupling of entries and decided that a medical panel will convene to explore shock wave therapy at its monthly meeting at Ocean Downs.

In what was basically a routine business session, the commission decided that entries with the same trainers but different owners will be listed as separate betting interests in stakes, maiden allowance, allowance and claiming races worth $20,000 or higher.

Shock wave therapy is a new technology that pinpoints an injured area on a horse - it is primarily used on the legs - and promotes quicker healing. The commission wants medical advice as to the effects.

The commission also decided to create a group "to physically inspect the facilities" at Pimlico Race Course, Laurel Park and the Bowie training center, according to acting executive director Mike Hopkins. "We also want to converse with the fire marshal about those sites."

Nothing arose in public session about the proposed sale of the three plants to Magna Entertainment. "We are still compiling data and determining what information we need," Hopkins said.

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